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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1979-01-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1979-01-08

Set 1:
d1t01 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t02 - Franklin's Tower
d1t03 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t04 - Candyman
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle ->
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t08 - It's All Over Now
d1t09 - Brown Eyed Women
d2t01 - Lazy Lightnin' ->
d2t02 - Supplication

Set 2:
d2t03 - Scarlet Begonias ->
d2t04 - Fire On The Mountain
d2t05 - Samson And Delilah
d3t01 - Terrapin Station ->
d3t02 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t03 - Drums ->
d3t04 - The Other One ->
d3t05 - Wharf Rat ->
d3t06 - Good Lovin'

d3t07 - U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York City, NY

Source Nakamichi 300/CP1 -> Cassette Master (Maxell UDXL-II/Sony TC-158)
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Apogee MiniMe (24bit/48k) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC/16
Taped by Bob Wagner
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Master Cassette flips in Drums
-- Recorded By Robert Wagner
-- Rescheduled from December 1, 1978
-- One of my all time favorite 2nd sets


Reviewer: peacmyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2015
Subject: Great Crowd Energy

on set 2....

I can see Charlie's enjoyment of this one, and I quite like Donna's contribution on Track 12.
Reviewer: I Call - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: 35 years ago
Woke up this morning and thought "35 years ago I was at this show".

I was 18 and living in northern NJ. This show was in the middle of a run of 6 consecutive shows that I was fortunate to attend. For me, it started in Philly, then 2 nights at the Garden 2 nights at the Nassau Coliseum and then back to Philly. These were all part of the "make up" tour because the tour in Nov 78 got cancelled.

I loved this show. I thought I heard a hint of Dark Star after The Other One/before WR while I was at the show (or maybe it was just wishful thinking). It is interesting that if you play TOO track it actually goes on past the 7:57 listed. Sure enough, Dark Star came out on 1-10-79 (which was my favorite of this run).

This is a very solid show. Great (but not spectacular) set list. Definitely worth listening to.

I prefer Soundboards over AUD so this recording is just OK. However, I really appreciate the time and effort put into taping, transferring and posting this show. A heart felt thanks to all those involved.
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2014
Subject: Yessir, I sure do.
"When Charlie Miller cites a second set as his favorite, you have sit up and take notice."
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2013
Subject: ok vintage
no complaints about this second set when it went down
Reviewer: US Blues - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2013
Subject: An Epic Adventure
Sure I'm biased because this was my first show, 34 years ago today, but I will go on record as saying that anyone who does not get IT from this show and recording does not get IT.

The energy level at this show was phenomenal! The band was playing with grace and authority, riding the waves of NYC energy to the heights of musical inspiration. The second set is Epic, a glittering example of the Grateful Dead being played by the music they make, Ouroborus eating it's own tale and the ever unfolding vortex of psychedelic rightness.

And if you understand deep in your soul what I'm saying, you will understand the climactic power of The United States Blues.
Reviewer: cptntripzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2012
Subject: It's Miller Time!
When Charlie Miller cites a second set as his favorite, you have sit up and take notice. I am sure this was a fun show to see -- it is a great set list and the music is crackling with energy.

That said, after listening to Donna in the Scarlet transition I found myself imagining Garcia muttering to himself "we need to fire her," and sure enough she was dismissed not long after. Also Jerry's voice was noticeably weak to the point that it took away from the overall show quality.

Bottom line for me, this is a fun listen but it wouldn't make my top ten list and I am not sure I understand Charlie's adoration for this particular show.
Reviewer: mbrokedown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2011
Subject: we're there..almost..
Headphones and close your eyes. very; very good music here from the Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: reviewr - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2011
Subject: Good - not great
Maybe the best scatting I've heard from Donna during the jam before Fire. First set solid, but not special. Second set better, but again not really special. Can't call this a good AUD.
Reviewer: CharlieMiller - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2010
Subject: One of my favorite shows
This is my favorite 2nd set. I just love everything about it.
Reviewer: gatherroundchilfren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2010
Subject: yo, cholly!
you ain't the only one!!!!!!!
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2009
Subject: solid
There are quite a few spectacular moments in this show, including the end of 1/2 Step, Supplication, Scarlet>Fire, Samson, and Wharf Rat. In fact, pretty much the whole second set kills. A strong performance for that period. The sound is OK - a bit too much crowd noise.
Reviewer: ChicoNYC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2008
Subject: You had to be there
These were the first shows the Dead played at MSG. To me, it's all about remembering what it was like in that big hall in NYC in the middle of the Winter. Also one of the last times I saw Keith and Donna. I'm still a big fan of the 1976 to early 1979 period. The sound could be better but it sounded like this when you were in there too. Thanks for the memories and the dedication to post all of these great shows.
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2008
Subject: Does not live up to the hype
Hi, I am a huge fan of 78-early 79, a huge fan of 1/2 step>franklins, a huge fan of scarlet>fires, but this is really just an average show and a microphone that is just too far back in the crowd. Still, there is a cool riff towards the end of 1/2 step that reflects the wrenching emotions that Jerry expressed with his guitar in this era, and the Scarlet is nice, but aside from that I'm not really that impressed by this show's performance, and I'm especially disappointed with the source quality. Why?

In general, AUD is good, CROWD is bad. With AUD, you get big drums, strong Phil, Jerry gets some natural reverb. With CROWD, you just can't hear the music.

For a similar-style show with good performances and a much less crowd-y aud, try 12-19-78 or 12-16-78 or 2-03-79.
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2008
Subject: ahhh the first to review !!!!
this is a huge upgrade and its done by charlie miller and that should tell you something, the second set has to be the best/gratest set ever played by the boys and from the first song mississippi half step they are on fire, jerry's voice is a little rough around the edges but his guitar work and his explosive leads make up for all that, this show is a SMOKER and is and has been my favorite show by/from the boys since i first got the tape some years ago, have to give the show a 5 on the rating but i would give it a ten if i could, if anything just check out the second set and the mississippi half step from the first set, well just do yourself a favor nd listen to it all the way through and just like any other grateful dead show it should be played as loud as possible, especialy with this show, you just dont get the full experience of this showif it is not played loud and trust me there is a difference or listen to it with your head phones on , DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP !!!!! THANK YOU CHARLIE FOR ALL THE GRATE MUSIC YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO US AND FOR PUTTING A SMILE ON MY FACE EVERY TIME I SEE ONE OF YOUR NEW SEED/SOURCES BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WOULD EVEN PUT IT OUT IF IT WASNT BETTER THAN WHATS ALREADY OUT THERE. also thanks to the grateful dead for so many years of touring and letting us all have all this music to share and listen for so many more years to come, should have bought some stock in one of the hard drive companies...... hahahahaha what are you still reading this for and not already begining the download or the stream !!!!
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